The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that it will cover the departure of the H-II Transfer cargo vehicle or HTV-9 craft owned by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) from the International Space Agency (ISS) on Tuesday next week, August 18.
Chris Cassidy of the ISS’ Expedition 63 will supervise the maneuvering that would aid the safe release of the Japanese cargo craft which had a three-month tenure in the ISS. Expedition 63 is the current is the 63rd and current long-duration mission in the ISS consisting of several astronauts from different countries around the world. The NASA astronaut will also be guided by an Earth-based team from the space agency’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.
JAXA’s HTV-9 August 18 craft departure signals an end of an era for the Japanese agency’s current HTV models. They are currently working on a new model that will replace the old line and will soon be launched into space in 2022.
During its three month stay in the space agency, the Japanese craft was able to provide four tons worth of crucial supplies to the ISS and its crew members.
The HTV-9 will be sent its departure commands from JAXA specialists based in Tsukuba, Japan, and is expected to return to Earth over the Pacific Ocean two days after its departure from the ISS.
The International Space Station, in its more than two decades in low-Earth orbit, has seen as a healthy space for international cooperation takes place. Scientists, researchers, and astronauts have lived in this special craft which has seen more than 3,000 research and inquiries from the world’s brightest minds.
For US citizens, you can stay tuned for the live event on NASA TV or if you’re an international subscriber, you can head on over the space agency’s website to witness this remarkable event.